by Diane Samuels

Directed by Angharad Ormond

Evenings at 7.30
Saturday 24th June and Tuesday 27th June - Saturday 1st July
Matinées at 4.00
Sunday 25th June and Sunday 2nd July

The Tower Theatre performing Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate

"The Kindertransport was at the centre of many episodes, which all together added up to one huge destabilising, alienating and ongoing trauma. All Jewish children in Vienna, like myself at the age of ten, were deeply aware of the terror, fear and humiliation which was all around us. And also continuously heard our parents talking about who had been sent to Buchenwald or Dachau concentration camps ... The actual Kindertransport journey filled me with apprehension as well as anxiety for my mother, who, now all alone, was left behind in hostile Vienna. My brother, at his second attempt, had managed to reach Palestine on a clandestine immigrant ship. Well, in my case my mother did make it to London, to her housekeeper job, before the outbreak of war - in fact by just a few days. And, yes, we were all lucky; but everything in life is at price." - Edward Mendelsohn

Set against the backdrop of the holocaust and the transportation of thousands of Jewish children, Kindertransport deals with the fragile but resilient bond between mothers and daughters. Based on real experiences, it explores identity and the cost of survival.

Diane Samuels' play is a modern classic about one woman's struggle to come to terms with her past.

Brutally separated from her German Jewish parents and brought to England with the promise of a new life, nine-year-old Eva ends up in Manchester. When Eva's parents fail to escape Germany, the child changes her name and begins the process of denial of her roots. It is only when her own daughter discovers some letters in their attic that Eva is forced to confront the truth about the past.

"Samuels has written the best play about the pain and passion of mother/daughter relationships."
Lynn Gardner, The Guardian

"... an extraordinarily skilful and compassionate piece which hauntingly juxtaposes past and present to show the effects of the Holocaust on one family through three generations ..."
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph
Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Eva : Katrin Larissa Kasper
Helga : Clare Joseph
Evelyn : Ruth Sullivan
Faith : To be cast
Lil : Amanda Waggott
Ratcatcher / Guard / Officer / Postman : Paul Willcocks
Ensemble : Annemarie Fearnley


Production Team

Director : Angharad Ormond
Set Design : Kam Bava
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison
Lighting Design : Rob Irvine
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie
Original music composed by Colin Guthrie

Stage Manager : Laurence Tuerk
Assistant Director : Philippa Rowe
ASM : Lotte Wynder
Lighting Operator : Jacky Devitt
Sound Operator : Penny Tuerk
Set Construction and Get-In : Max Batty, Jude Chalk, Keith Syrett, Phillip Ley, Jack Flegg, Laura Marriott, Adam Taylor
Movement and Somatic Psychotherapist : Brenda Naso
Voice and Accent Consultant : Julie Arrowsmith
Mask Consultant : Fenella Lee
Masks made by Amanda Waggott and members of the company

Katrin Larissa Kasper is a new member of the Tower Theatre Company. She trained at Portland State in Oregon and moved to London a year ago. Previous stage credits include In Toxic (Esther), Travelling Light (Anna) and the musical Krabat (Juro). She is also working as a freelance journalist. Being part of this production is especially meaningful to her as she is originally from Germany.
Clare Joseph grew up in London and she has a degree in English Literature. She trained at The Poor School. Favourite roles include Doris in Flare Path, Valerie in Road for the Tower and Rosencrantz in Hamlet. She is about to play a younger Daphne Selfe alongside the iconic model. Working on Kindertransport has been interesting and moving; she hopes that she and the cast will do justice to the material and to the memories of those who inspired the play.
Ruth Sullivan's work with the Tower includes : as an actor - Frozen, Seasons Greetings, Speaking in Tongues, Brighton Beach Scumbags, The Real Thing and David Copperfield; as a director - Macbeth, The Maids, The Mystery of Edwin Drood!, The Last Five Years and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; and as a choreographer - Putting It Together and The Fabulous Eddie and Otis Soul Revue. She also choreographed Hair and Assassins for SEDOS and Jesus Christ Superstar for Centre Stage. As a Foley Artist, film & TV credits include Rillington Place, Enigma, Sylvia, Death of Stalin, Eyes Wide Shut, Troy, Le Weekend, Mamma Mia!, Downton Abbey and Dickensian. Her live theatre Foley credits include Complicite's The Magic Flute, the Royal Danish Theatre's Cabaret, Hull's WOW Festival for a special performance of To Hull and Back as well as several projects for Katie Mitchell, and she is Foley Consultant for a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Chester's brand new theatre The Storyhouse, which opens in June.
Annemarie Fearnley was last seen as Evelyn Meltzer in The Return of the Marionettes last year. Other roles at the Tower have included Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Irina in Three Sisters, Eugenie in Vincent in Brixton, Susan in Company, Dick in Dick Whittington, Witch in Macbeth, Anne Vaux in 5/11, Dorothy in A Farewell to the Theatre, ensemble in David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby, violinist in Lark Rise and a singer in Telstar. She has also performed with All Star Productions in Assassins at Theatro Technis and with Completely Productions in Company (playing Susan, again!) at The Bull.
Lil in Kindertransport is Amanda Waggott's first acting role with the Tower. Last year she was the assistant director on Brontë - another great Tower production. Amanda trained at Goldsmiths (MA Theatre), Drama Studio London and the National Youth Theatre. She works as a writer, teacher and performer.
Paul Willcocks has been a professional actor in a wide range of productions including No Flies On Mr Hunter directed by Janet Suzman, The Fiery Angel at the Royal Opera House directed by David Freeman and, for the screen, Funny Bones, directed by Peter Chelsom. He played Caliban in The Sea and The Mirror at the Edinburgh Festival and subsequently toured his interpretation in a one-man show. He played a variety of Elizabethan and Jacobean roles for Sam Shammas Productions and, for British Stage Productions, created the Unicycling Marvel that was Breakfast the Clown! More recently he has appeared in The Human Comedy at the Young Vic and, for the Tower Theatre, portrayed Branwell in Brontë Upstairs at the Gatehouse last July. Paul is delighted to be back with the Tower Theatre this year for Kindertransport.
Philippa Rowe last appeared on stage in a lead role in her school production of Cinderella. Her focuses since then have been within a psychological context, which has seen her working with offenders, young people, families at risk and individuals with chronic health conditions. She is currently training to be a Clincal Psychologist. She brings her experience into her work with the Kindertransport team.
Angharad Ormond has been with the Tower Theatre Company for two years and has been seen on stage as Laura in The Priory, Nell in Little Nell, Daphne in Sailor, Beware! and most recently as Cathy Jackson in the summer's hit musical The Return of the Marionettes. She trained at Drama Studio London and other roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera. Angharad's directing credits include The Trial and Blue Remembered Hills. Kindertransport marks her directional debut for the Tower Theatre. Angharad is also training as a Clinical Psychologist, which proves valuable when observing the pains of human nature.